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might remember hearing a lot about the marja operation in mid-february. intense combat lead by u.s. marines and british troops and afghan forces to be followed by what general mcchrystal called a government in a box. rolling out governance after the combat. government in a box hasn't worked out that way. it hasn't stood out by any means. security isn't established, and people siding with the afghan government there have been threatened and targeted up to and including assassination. kandahar has been portrayed in the press as the twin operation to marha. twin but bigger. the line i raerd is since marja isn't a success, at least yet, maybe ever, the same type of operation in kandahar has been delayed. that's what it seemed like at home, at least to me before i got here. here it does not seem like that. here it's clear that kandahar isn't delayed. it's well under way. they're not blowing things up in kandahar. they're doing things like opening police stations. let me show you some of that instead of trying to explain it. we flew in a blackhawk helicopter with general hodges to a base
. this will not stand. >> all six officers indicted today have now officially surrendered to federal authorities. the u.s. attorney in new orleans considers them all to be flight risks and is pushing to have them all detained i.e. jailed before their trial. this is huge news for new orleans. this is huge news for the nation still not yet come to terms with the aftermath of what really happened after hurricane pecial katrina. we will keep you posted as this story develops. hi, ellen! hi, ellen! hi, ellen! hi, ellen! we're going on a field trip to china! wow. [ chuckles ] when i was a kid, we -- we would just go to the -- the farm. [ cow moos ] [ laughter ] no, seriously, where are you guys going? ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! [ female announcer ] the new classroom. see it. live it. share it. on the human network. cisco. >>> if there were an award for the hardest job in u.s. government richard holbrooke would be in the running just about every time. he right now is t
surrendered to federal authorities. the u.s. attorney in new orleans considers them all to be flight risks and is pushing to have them all detained i.e. jailed before their trial. this is huge news for new orleans. this is huge news for the nation still not yet come to terms with the aftermath of what really happened after hurricane katrina. we will keep you posted as this story develops. well, look who's here. it's ellen. hey, mayor white. how you doing? great. come on in. would you like to see our new police department? yeah, all right. this way. and here it is. completely networked. so, anything happening, suz? she's all good. oh, my gosh. is that my car? [ whirring ] [ female announcer ] the new community. see it. live it. share it. on the human network. cisco. >>> if there were an award for the hardest job in u.s. government richard holbrooke would be in the running just about every time. he right now is the country's special representative for afghanistan and pakistan. he is the subject of the interview tonight. that's coming up. stay with us. it can happen anytime. an everyday momen
. the enemy in afghanistan is broadly understood to the be the taliban. they were roaded by the u.s. and the northern alliance at the beginning of the war, only to return in force. from afar the taliban are simply the bad guys. but how they affect afghan society, how to fight them, and who should fight them are subjects worth looking at from close up. which is one thing we try to do on our recent trip into the war zone. we're here at check point 710, which is between kandahar city. and we're here with a third lieutenant part of the afghan civil order police, which is partnered with u.s. forces here to run this check point. lieutenant, thank you very much for your time. >> sure. >> why did you join? >> translator: i joined to serve my country. >> was the training very good? >> translator: it's been good training. the first time he came here. good training. >> are you from southern afghanistan or somewhere else in the country? >> do you think it's good to have police from kabul, from the rest of the country? rather than local police here? >> translator: yeah, he thinks that the police
and it is getting a lot of attention in london but for the u.s. after taking a real pounding in one area in helmand province british troops announced they are leaving this area, an area where the brits have lost 100 of their finest soldiers there and marines since 2001. 1/3 of all british deaths have happened there. it has a great symbolic resonance for british troops. they are leaving there and american troops are taking over. the handover is beginning now. it is supposed to be complete by the fall. it is symbolic because a lot of people in the uk are saying the british troops are retreating. the british government is saying, no, this is a normal rotation. the u.s. is getting deeper involved in a difficult guerilla area and taking more responsibility for war zones. >> richard engel, nbc's chief war correspondent. i could try to summarize these things or we could go to you who understands these things. >> thank you. >>> joining us now is command sergeant major michael t. hall. he was recalled from retirement to serve in afghanistan. he is the senior noncommissioned officer in the united states mili
shown by an employee at the u.s. department of agriculture. the evidence was a video clip of shirley sherrod speaking at an naacp event this march. at that event she recounts this story. >> the first time i was faced with having a white farmer needing to save his farm, he took a long time talk iing but was trying to show he was superior to me, i knew what he was doing. what he didn't know while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me was i was trying to decide how much help i was going to give him. i was dealing with the fact that so many black people have lost their farm land and here i was faced with a white person needing to save their land. so i didn't give him the full force of what i could do. >> damning evidence, right? a usda official, a government official admitting on tape to racial discrimination, to withholding government assistance to white farmers, specifically because they're white. stop the presses! within hours of that clip being posted online and billed as evidence of a racist within the obama administration fox news, understanding their
the death tax. >> marco rubio idea number six. "fundamentally reform the u.s. tax code." he says, "the u.s. should have a tax system that is simpler," or as the spokesman says -- >> we simplify the tax code by reducing the number of tax rates from the current five rates to four. >> before carrying on -- beyond carrying on the bush economic and tax agenda that worked out so awesome, other marco rubio ideas, "track very closely with what house republicans have proposed this year." things like ending taxes on dividends and capital gains and reforming the alternative minimum tax. taxes is what republicans want to run on. the problem is, they also want to run on against the deficit. >> the american people are saying to us, you're spending too much, you're running up too many debts, and we expect you to do something about it. >> i see no shame in wanting to lower the debt off the backs of our kids. i think that's a good conversation to have with america right now. >> republicans want to be the anti-deficit and anti-debt party right now, but they also want to run on george bush's tax policies. an
else, the largest leak of wartime documents in this country since the vietnam war. more than 90,000 u.s. government documents obtained and posted by the website wikileaks over the weekend. the last time there was a leak of this volume, it precipitated a full-on war between the "new york times" and the nixon white house. it was, of course, the leaking of the pentagon papers during the vietnam war by u.s. military analyst named daniel elsburg back in 1971. the pentagon papers was a touch stone that helped turn the public against vietnam war. the 90,000 plus documents posted by kwikileaks are different than the pentagon papers in that they're snap shots of the war over the last six years, as opposed a top-down study initiated in washington. the wikileaks documents are raw intelligence, threat analysis as seen through the eyes of the soldier fighting the war. as opposed an analytical view of the war from policymakers. in that sense wikileaks is no pentagon papers, but there is a glaring pair lil lel between the two that can't be ignored. these wikileaks documents have been notable in that t
of attention in london, but also for the u.s. after taking a real pounding in one area in helman province, they announced they are leaving the area where the brits lost 100 of their finest soldiers and marines since 2001. a third of the british deaths happened here. they are leaving there and american troops are taking over. the hand over is already beginning and is supposed to be complete by the fall. it's symbolic. a lot of people are saying the british troops are retreating. the government is saying it's a normal rotation. the u.s. is getting deeply involved in a gorilla area and taking more and more responsibility for war zones. >> richard engel, this is the kind of thing i could try to summarize and it would be like cliff notes or we can go to you. thanks a lot. >>> joining us now is chand sergeant michael t. hall. he was called from retirement to serve here. he is now the senior noncommissioned officer in afghanistan. command sergeant, thank you for your time. it's an honor to have you here. >> it's good to be here. >> let me ask you about the friendly fire incident richard was talk
passing the u.s. senate. reform is now on its way to president obama's desk where it will be signed into law sometime next week. all but three republicans in the senate voted against it. surveying that political landscape together, this was the takeaway from the top republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell. >> we broke out of the washington echo chamber and fought the government-driven solutions democrats were proposing. in short, you might say we got our groove back. >> disturbing as it is to imagine mitch mcconnell grooving in any way, consider what he sees as his party's groove. two years after the worst economic meltdown since the great depression, thanks to wall street, today, the republicans have decided that we shouldn't reform wall street, that everything's fine as it is. it's in the senate where republicans just voted against wall street reform. >> the rest of the groove is as amazing as their stance on wall street. their "bring back bush" tax agenda slated to add $3.5 trillion to the deficit. they are still opposing unemployment benefits. to be clear, that's the republica
passing the u.s. senate. reform is on its way to president obama's desk where it will be signed into law sometime next week. all but three republicans in the senate voted against it. surveying that political landscape together, this was the takeaway from the top republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell. >> we broke out of the washington echo chamber and fought the government-driven solutions democrats were proposing. in short you might say we got our groove back. >> disturbing as it is to imagine mitch mcconnell grooving in any kway, consider what he considers his party's groove. the republicans have decided that we shouldn't reform wall street. that everything's fine as it is. it's in the senate where republicans just voted against wall street reform. but this the house, incredibly they have announced they want to repeal it. >> i think the financial reform bill is ill-conceived. i think it ought to be repealed. >> repeal it. because things were awesome before. the rest of the republican groove is as amazing as their stance on wall street. their bring back bush tax agenda slated to add
in kenya or indonesia and didn't have a legitimate u.s. birth certificate, the birther conspiracy, of course. in order to debunk that one, the obama campaign went on the offense in a big way and launched a website called fightthesmears.com. it had a whole page dedicated to debunking the birther conspiracy and detailed the actual facts about mr. obama's citizenship complete with his certification of live birth. but the obama campaign wasn't satisfied with just debunking, with just answering the birther smear or the whitey smear. their strategy was about more than that. it was about naming and shaming the people behind those smears. fightthesmears.com had a whole page dedicated to exposing the perpetrators of these smears, basically an interactive map listing various right wing groups, republican political operatives, even previous smears these individuals had been involved in. the strategy was not only to discredit the smear but also the smearer. here's how a campaign spokesman summed it up at the time. he said, quote, the obama campaign isn't going to let dishonest smears spread a
law invading america. warning u.s. courts may soon foregore traditional law in favor of sharia law. that hasn't happened anywhere, but that didn't stop him from bravely talking a stand against it. as campaign season unfolds this year, it is fascinating to observe republican politicians and republican candidates using muslim baiting as a crude political wedge issue. picking bigoted fights over islam to rally voters. nowhere has this tragedy been more apparent than here in new york city where the proposed construction of a mosque two blocks from ground zero has stirred up all sorts of fear mongering from republican politicians. >> i believe it is very offensive and it's wrong. i don't believe legally it can be stopped because of the first amendment. >> this is carl paladino. as governor i will use the power of eminent domain to stop this mosque andç make the site a war memorial instead of a monument to those who attacked our country. >> the idea of a 13-story building set up by a group, many of whom frankly, are very hostile to our civilization. many of whom are apo pologists sharia
of stabbing his girlfriend and still have a job as a u.s. senator? you can if that senator is david vitter. host: could switching to geico really save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance? host: was abe lincoln honest? mary todd: does this dress make my backside look big? abe: perhaps a... vo: geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. >>> republican senator david vitter of louisiana is running for re-election this year. without any primary challengers he was going to sail through to the general election in november. the deadline for qualification in the republican primary was today. it seemed as though mr. vitter was in the clear but then when the secretary of state's office opened its doors this morning, 16 people qualified to challenge david vitter. 16. that's a baker's dozen plus three. they include a prominent political figure and a former louisiana supreme court justice chet taylor. and an orthopedic surgeon who has run for public office twice before. so why? why would 16 different republicans think they have a chance against the incumbent
jurisdiction committee but every single member of the u.s. senate. the nra warns kagan repeatedly demonstrated a hostility to the fundamental right to keep and bear arms. given the importance of this issue, this vote will be considered in nra's future candidate evaluations. nobody bats an eye reading something like that from the nra. the nra is part of the washington fabric. they are so powerful they're thought of as being reasonable by virtue of their size. consider also the fact nra homes it against candidates if candidates don't support people on the terrorism watch list being allowed to buy guns. while they're still on the terrorism watch list. >>> with the quieting down of some mainstream republicans in this court fight, it is the nra now among the most vocal anti-kagan voices on the right. consider the witnesses chosen by republicans to testify against ms. kagan. witnesses like this guy. >>> our last witness is william olson. he's the principal of the law firm of william j. olson, pc. he received his j.d. from the university of richmond and his b.a. from brown university. >> attorney wil
. >> today for the first time since 2004, all three u.s. automakers are operating at a profit. the first time in six years. last year, many thought this industry would keep losing jobs. as it had for the better part of the past decade. today, u.s. automakers have added 55,000 jobs since last june. the strongest job growth in more than ten years of the auto industry? >> and celebrating one of the genuine policy successes of this administration, the president also took an opportunity to draw a sharp political contrast between his administration's efforts to save the auto industry and the gop's entire to see it sold for scraps. >> i want you to remember, though, if some folks had their way, none of this would have been happening. just want to point that out. right? i mean, this plant, this plant and your jobs might not exist. there were leaders of the "just say no" crowd in washington. they were saying, oh, standing by the auto industry would guarantee failure. one of them called it the worst investment you could possibly make. they said -- they said we should just walk away and let those jobs g
positions than any other administration in u.s. history. that being said, whenever there is a controversial issue that involves either islam, muslims, the middle east or anywhere in that region, people's emotions come up from the bottom and when there is a current event that occurs, it seems as if we are stepping backwards. and it is hard, chris, you know, 9/11 was a watershed horrible moment for america. historically. we lost 3,000 plus lives. it is a very, very difficult thing for americans and all of us to deal with. it is a very emotional issue. i have to say this. it is not, if we're talking about presidents here, even our own president. president obama, during his xin in 2008, refused to have two head scarfed women in a campaign rally in of all places, michigan, home to the largest population of muslim americans. as much as president obama can be spilly, so can some republican candidates. >> in that instance, he got totally beat up by the liberal press. the former secretary of energy in the bush administration. this was very enjoyable. thank you very much for your time. >> good to see
with the united states government that those provisions go too far. in her 36 page ruling u.s. district court judge susan bolton ordered a temporary court injunction against some of the most controversial provisions in arizona bill 1070. specifically, a provision that requires police officers to check the immigration status of a person they arrest if there's a, quote, reasonable suspicion the person is in the country illegally. a provision in the law that makes it a crime to not have your immigration papers on you. a provision that would require anyone arrested to prove their residency before being released from jail. all these provisions were essentially struck down today by this federal judge, at least temporarily. now, in some cases, because they infringe on the role of the federal government to control immigration policy and in some cases because what arizona wants to do here is just too onerous. in the case of checking the immigration status of everyone arrested, the judge wrote today, quote, requiring arizona law enforcement officials and agencies to determine the immigration status of
-sex marriage is unconstitutional. u.s. district court judge del toro decided that the defense of marriage act violates the fundamental principles of this nation. with that, the judge made advocates of marriage equality very happy. one of the rulings involved seven couples and three widowers, all of whom who had been ineligible for the federal benefits that come with being lawfully wed thanks to the 1996 defense of marriage act. that law required the federal government to ignore for federal purposes any marriage not between a man and women. same-sex wedded couples have no access to family health insurance, no social security survivor benefits, no joint filing of federal taxes. there are two sailiant things about the ruling. the judge granted the plaintiffs what's known as summary judgment. both sides filed their arguments and the judge decided he didn't need to hear another word. judge toro saying the rationale strains credulity. judge toro ruled that a key part of the bill violated a couple's right to equal protection. judge toro also ruled for the commonwealth of massachusetts, saying the fe
limitless amounts of money on u.s. elections.ç the democrats' effort to pass the disclosed act was blocked in the senate today by a republican filibuster. all republicans, present today, voted to effectively kill the disclose act. to be clear this vote was not a vote for or against the disclose act, itself. this was a vote to merely begin debate on it. republicans blocked the bill from even being debated. this isn't your run of the mill failure for senate democrats. when the citizens united decision came out earlier this year it provoked a huge back lash across the country. there was bipartisan agreement that this was a bad ruling. 80% of the american public opposed the decision. only 18% supported it. given the incredibly polarized electorate right now this is as close to unanimity as you can get on an issue. i myself have been going around the country a lot recently doing some reporting for a book and i'm constantly struck by how strongly people feel about this ruling. their eyes light up in fury when you mention citizens united. and yet democrats propose something ultimately fairly mode
you so much for your time tonight. >> thank you for having me. >> so the lawsuit filed by the u.s. government raised the same sorts of issues by the suit filed by maldef. do you see this ruling as a win for your group? >> absolutely. on behalf of all the clients we represented in arizona, we're very pleased with the injunction that the judge ordered today, halting the major key provisions of sb-1070. this essentially blocks the state from implementing what was going to be a state immigration system that created state immigration crimes and that forced local police officers to maximize their questions on immigration and maximize enforcement on immigration. >> now, you -- the judge essentially upheld some parts of -- did uphold aspects of the law today, and some of which your organization objected to in your legal briefings. what about this decision do you disagree with? >> yes, it's true that the court did not adjoin certain parts of the statute. some parts of the statute had no teeth. some parts were not challenged by anybody, but one example of a place where we were seeking an in
, the man on this tape even offers to help smuggle underaged illegal immigrants into the u.s. for the purposes of prostitution. >> actually, what you don't see in that fox news report is the rest of the video. which shows the a.c.o.r.n. employee pressing, pressing, pressing for as much information as he could possibly get from these two people in his office. >> so the telephone number is 201 -- what area is that? >> it's from where i'm from, back east. i'm actually originally from new jersey. >> okay. so you don't know what day? >> they're coming on saturday. >> saturday morning. yeah, like friday night, saturday morning. >> like really late, though. in the middle of the night. >> like between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. >> so how are they working at that? >> they're working on their arrival? >> why is he asking for stuff like phone numbers, dates of arrival, specific location? all these details? what's this a.c.o.r.n. guy going to do with all that information? what does he do with all that information? oh, he calls the police and reports what they've told him is going to be a cr
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itself from india. so it might be difficult for people in the u.s. to accept a stepping back of relationship between india and the united states. which are very close, because people in the united states feel very connected to india, and it is a good partner and trading part and world partner. do we have to sacrifice some of our relationship with india in order to plaqueate pakistan in order to save ourselves in afghanistan? maybe. there may be some of that tradeoff that's coming along. it needs to be a political bargain. pakistan needs to be involved. the idea of trying to build the afghan government and send in more troops to try and fight our way or pay our way out of afghanistan. most people don't think it's possible. >> it has to be a pakistan solution. >> it has to be a pakistan and afghan solution. something with the afghan government and taliban reconciliation to a degree. >> when you talked to afghans, and when you talked to pakistanis, when talk to people who are sort of connected to the power brokers in those countries, what are they expecting us to do? do they fee
/11 anniversary to march on washington against the u.s. government. they came out against the civil rights act. they came out against social security. they came out against soccer. they came out against thurgood marshall. they came out against the fact that people elect senators directly instead of state legislatures choosing senators. the 17th amendment? who knew this would try to be an issue this year? it has become a spectacular year and a half or so of conservative politics in this country. it has been amazing. but even with all of that fodder, with all of that going on, the media has found it easiest to just focus on one small part of this greatest show on earth and that, of course, is the tea party phenomenon. it's true. the tea party has been fun to cover. it is a notable conservative populous phenomenon. they wear great hats. they use tea bags as their symbol. and sometime as a verb which has very funny sexual connotations. but has the fact that the tea party's are so fun to cover given them a significance in the media that is disproportionate to the actual importance? is the tea party
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